South Boulder Peak Trail is a 7.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.
up a wooded canyon to top of a mountain peak, strenuous hike. This hike starts in the plains of the foothills along townee trail. It then connects to shadow canyon trail and enters a cool wooded canyon. At the top of the canyon a short trail takes you to the top of South Boulder Peak. This peak does not have many visitors, as compared to the other nearby peaks.
Highly recommended! Less crowded than other Boulder trails. It's worth making the trek up to Bear Peak while you're up at the saddle. Makes for a 9 mile RT and 3200 elevation gain.
Hit both peaks, 9:00 start and we got the last spot at Mesa trailhead. It's about 2.5 miles of easy terrain to get to Shadow Canyon, which is pretty crazy steep for over a mile to the saddle. Lost the trail to Bear in the scree, which meant we had to free climb from the south ridge through some involved exposed patches. Took the nice trail on the way back to the saddle (still a bit of a scramble from the top) and saw where we went wrong-- there's a sign for the raptor area you can make out if you peek around a bit.
South Boulder was easier, less crowded, with superior views. Doing both in a day makes for a long day on this route (Fern trail looked less intense). It's a long way back down Shadow Canyon, as the incline and rocks make for a pretty slow descent, and once you're out of the canyon it's still 2.5 miles back to the trailhead. Overall long, with technical options, and a decent challenge for within city limits.
Fantastic day out
Very challenging. Incredible views at the top, but you'll have to earn it. Trail isn't always clear - it's mostly climbing up rocks for the last 2 miles.